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Giving Root access for Android apps [answered]

asked 2014-02-24 06:27:27 +0200

updated 2017-11-04 08:53:40 +0200

olf gravatar image

Still trying to root my Alien Dalvik. Is it possible and how? Put su from http://androidsu.com/superuser to /opt/alien/system/bin/, but it hadn't result. Googling wasn't sucsessfull too.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "the question is answered, an answer was accepted" by olf
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me interested in rooting some applications too sailfish should have own aliendalvik rooting mechanism under developer mode settings, imho

coderus ( 2014-03-18 11:02:31 +0200 )edit

@coderus should, but..

Van-ess0 ( 2014-03-19 04:41:32 +0200 )edit

there is this universal "one click apk" root called Towelroot. Can't report if it works a my Jolla is currently on a holiday to Finland. http://towelroot.com/

vandersmash ( 2014-06-16 12:32:36 +0200 )edit

I suggest this should be reopened as aliendalvik root is not possible in current version of SailfishOS

This is a very big security issue. Root is necessary to restrict permissions of Android apps

zepher ( 2017-11-07 01:35:45 +0200 )edit

It is still working fine under current SailfishOS releases, but only on the Jolla 1 phone with its AOSP 4.1.2 based AlienDalvik (as already stated in so many places, now here as well)!

olf ( 2017-11-07 08:33:47 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-06-16 12:34:49 +0200

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updated 2014-06-16 15:13:13 +0200

Tried yesterday and su binary working for me.

su binary should have 6755 rights and should be placed in both /system/bin and /opt/alien/system/bin, some applications looking for su in different folders.

Superuser binary-only: https://openrepos.net/content/coderus/aliendalvik-superuser-binary

And then you need to install Superuser by ChainsDD and set Allow mode, because Jolla aliendalvik can't manage permissions and show dialog.

Or install Superuser binary and apk bundle: https://openrepos.net/content/coderus/aliendalvik-superuser

It contains everything you need to get root in aliendalvik

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Is it possible now to install an app to hide android bottombutton bar, and to use some gesture app providing back button functionality?

veeall ( 2014-06-16 14:58:38 +0200 )edit

i have no answer for you :)

coderus ( 2014-06-16 15:05:56 +0200 )edit

Yes, i should try it myself, i agree.:) But i just erased my phone and am enjoying nice low battery usage. Maybe someone who reads this have experimented with fullscreen+ android app for example.

I know i can hide android buttons by editing build.prop in jolla, just that i haven't found a way to emulate back button functionality, and while fullscreen+ includes this, it does need root to function, so with the help of this su package it could hopefully work.

veeall ( 2014-06-16 15:13:24 +0200 )edit


@veeall: there are some gesture apps on Android such as GMD Gesture Control that work rather well. I have only tried GMD on my tablet though (where it uses multitouch gestures), so I don't know how it handles gestures on small screens. I'll give it a try if I don't forget.

nthn ( 2014-06-16 16:33:56 +0200 )edit

Again an app-killer by Coderus!! Many thanks!

M1CK431 ( 2014-11-03 11:13:08 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-11-04 03:58:51 +0200

olf gravatar image

updated 2017-11-07 08:37:39 +0200

For further details on this topic, see https://together.jolla.com/question/48038/aliendalvik-show-root-privileges-access-request/?answer=141458#post-id-141458 (also for how to make root access secure, i.e. do not use "Allow mode").

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